MIT Lincoln Laboratory Support to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration into the US National Airspace
Lincoln Lab Technical Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Due to airborne collision risk concerns, UAS require the capability to sense and avoid other aircraft with sufficient robustness and reliability. MIT Lincoln Laboratory is involved in development and validation of both ground-based and airborne sense and avoid though airspace characterization, modeling and simulation, algorithm development, and development of open architectures for sense and avoid systems, with programs funded across DoD, DHS and the FAA.
Key Lincoln accomplishments are (1) development of encounter models that characterize how aircraft blunder into one another, either at short collision avoidance ranges or at longer ranges appropriate for self separation, that can be used to simulate large numbers of encounters, (2) development of Monte Carlo simulations for airborne and ground-based sense and avoid elements and entire systems, (3) development of open architectures that support sense and avoid testing of elements, systems, and concepts of operations, (4) development of algorithms for self separation and collision avoidance. Lincoln is involved in FAA working groups and US and international standards bodies. These capabilities are being brought to bear on the sense and avoid problem across DoD and DHS. This paper provides an overview of MIT Lincoln’s programs, and sense and avoid capabilities.